I row for Henley Rowing Club and the season for this rowing year began in early September. My first competition was the British Rowing Senior Championships on 21 October. I raced in the women’s quads category, which meant that we were competing against Olympic medallists and world champions. Our sub category was the women’s U19 quads and after the time trial, which was raced over 1900m, we placed 9th overall out of all the entries. This meant we progressed to the A/B semi-finals, for the top 12 crews, which were held over 2000m. We placed 4th in our semi-final, racing against senior athletes, which put us in the B final for the last race of the day. We won the B final by 3 lengths, making us the fastest U19 and the fastest U23 women’s quad of the day and placing 6th overall out of all the competitors on time achieved.
Shortly after Senior Championships I had my first GB rowing team assessment, and have been invited to the GB Early I.D. Assessment on 17 November. I was also invited to the GB Potentials Camp which was held over four days at the National Water Sports Centre from 26–30 October; this invitation was based on last year’s performance. There are a number of further GB Rowing team assessments and trials throughout the year which will hopefully lead to selection later on in the season.
The next major competition, that my same quad competed at, was the Fullers Fours Head of the River race on the Tideway in London on 3 November. We competed in the Championship Junior Women’s quad category over a 6.4km course. The race consists of one continuous time trial. In my category there was a field of 40 boats, which we managed to beat, in order to take home the title of Junior Women’s quads.
Future events will include Schools Head, National Schools Regatta, Henley Women’s Regatta and Henley Royal Regatta.